Happy Bloomsday! Turn off your wifi and read some Joyce.

Happy Bloomsday! Turn off your wifi and read some Joyce.

Welcome to a new century of Bloomsdays (long may they run). As James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses , turns 101, let us take a moment to honor one of the great works of ever produced, set on this day in Dublin, 1904. If you're reading this, you probably don't need my particular exegesis on the sublime vulgarity of Joyce's impossibly wonderful account of a day in the life of Leopold Bloom but you might be interested in some of the following: * Ulysses : Good or Bad? 21 Famous Writers and One Famous Psychoanalyst Weigh In FOR: Ulysses , of course, is a divine work of art and will live on despite the academic nonentities who turn it into a collection of symbols or Greek myths. – Vladimir Nabokov AGAINST: In spite of its very numerous qualities . . . Ulysses is one of the dullest books ever written, and one of the least significant. – Aldous Huxley How to Read Ulysses by the Numbers Breaking Down a Surprisingly Revealing Technique The numbers, both alone and together, can speak. The possibility of a message hidden within them requires that someone is there who can identify, decode, and interpret. Eduardo Arroyo's Dreamy, Abstract Illustrations of Ulysses A Sneak Peek at a New Edition of James Joyce's Classic In the late 1980s, Eduardo Arroyo suffered a serious illness that made him fear for his life. His recovery took a long time. More than once, he declared that what helped him overcome this ordeal was to work on the illustrations for Joyce's Ulysses . The Man in the Macintosh: One of Literature's Great Mysteries Investigating One of Ulysses' Shady Characters “Now who is that lankylooking galoot over there in the macintosh? Now who is he I'd like to know? Now, I'd give a trifle to know who he is. Always someone turns up you never dreamt of.” Listen to the first ever recording of James Joyce reading from Ulysses . The recording was an ordeal for Joyce, and the first attempt was a failure. We went back and began again, and I […]

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